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Advantage Solutions Creative Director in Chicago, Illinois

Summary

Creative Director

At our Company, we grow People, Brands, and Businesses!We are seeking a highly talentedCreative Director performs all tasks related to graphic design in support of EDGE Shopper Marketing & Branding efforts. Responsible for directing the creative vision for the business and strategic planning, partnering with account leaders in strategic thinking to define project assignments, and develop and execute creative solutions. Manage creative standards both art and copy while leading the creative team.

Bring your skills and build your career with EDGE Marketing, a division of the Company, where our focus is on influencing buyer behavior and driving sales through shopper marketing, experiential marketing, in-store event services and more. We form close relationships with leading brands and retailers that matter most. Apply today!

What we offer:

  • Full-Time Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life)

  • 401(k) with company match

  • Training and Career Development

  • Generous Paid Time-Off

Responsibilities:

  • Establish, manage, and maintain the creative direction and goals for specific projects ensuring they fit the Client, brand, and business objectives.

  • Oversee assigned projects and new business opportunities ensuring they are the best demonstration of the agency’s capabilities.

  • Manage fiscal job budgets and utilization of all team members to prepare reports as needed.

  • Develop the team’s knowledge and understanding of the Client’s business, marketing needs, and situations.

  • Develop and assess individual team member’s technical skills, professional techniques, training needs, and professional growth while completing assigned projects by the deadline.

  • Assign projects to achieve achievable workload balance, effective challenges for each team member’s skill level, and career development.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor's Degree inAdvertising, Graphic Design, Communications, Journalismor equivalent job-related experience is preferred

  • 8+ years of experience in the industry with at least 4 years in the arena of sales promotions and 4 years consumer products, media, or agency experience

  • 3+ years of management experience

  • Experience managing copywriters or directing art/design (advertising, promotion, and interactive media)

  • Proficient in working with creative professionals such as copywriters, vendors, freelancers as well as account counterparts

  • Ability to effectively utilize MAC computers and current fluency in relevant computer programs such as: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Acrobat, and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage)

Responsibilities

The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

Position Summary

The Creative Director performs all tasks related to graphic design in support of Integrated Marketing Services efforts. Responsible for directing the creative vision for the business and strategic planning, partnering with account leaders in strategic thinking to define project assignments, and develop and execute creative solutions. Manage creative standards both art and copy while leading the creative team.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Business Management

  • Establish, manage, and maintain the creative direction and goals for specific projects ensuring they fit the Client, brand, and business objectives

  • Oversee assigned projects and new business opportunities ensuring they are the best demonstration of the agency’s capabilities

  • Responsible for meeting project deadlines

  • Manage fiscal job budgets and utilization of all team members to prepare reports as needed

Team Leadership

  • Develop team’s knowledge and understanding of the Client’s business, marketing needs, and situations

  • Develop and assess individual team member’s technical skills, professional techniques, training needs, and professional growth while completing assigned projects by the deadline

  • Assign projects to achieve achievable workload balance, effective challenges for each team member’s skill level, and career development

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports

Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

Indirect Reports

May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

Travel and/or Driving Requirements

Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job.

Travel up to 10%

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level: (Required) High School Diploma or GED or equivalent experience

(Preferred) Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

Field of Study/Area of Experience:

Advertising, Graphic Design, Communications, Journalism, or equivalent job-related experience in related field/industry

8+ years of experience in industry with at least 4 years in the arena of sales promotions and 4 years consumer products, media, or agency experience

3+ years of management experience

Experience managing copywriters or directing art/design (advertising, promotion, and interactive media)

Proficient at working with creative professionals such as copywriters, vendors, freelancers as well as account counterparts

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Team building Skills

  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties with minimal supervision, in order to meet deadlines

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment

  • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadline

  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to make oral presentations

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Ability to efficiently utilize MAC computers and current fluency in relevant computer programs such as: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Acrobat, and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage)

Environmental & Physical Requirements

Office / Sedentary Requirements

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions

Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Important Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago

Primary Posting Location : City Chicago

Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL

Primary Posting Location : Country US

Requisition ID 2020-284272

Position Type Full Time

Category Creative & Product Services

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